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June 29, 2021



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United Orders 270 Boeing, Airbus Aircraft

As part of its “United Next” vision, United Airlines has ordered 270 aircraft, including 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 150 Boeing 737 MAX 10s and 70 Airbus A321neos. Each will be equipped with in-flight connectivity and feature a signature interior with seatback in-flight entertainment screens, larger overhead bins and LED lighting. The carrier also intends to upgrade its entire mainline narrow-body fleet with the same interior by 2025. These changes will see a reduction of up to 15% in the airline’s total carbon emissions per seat by 2026 and the creation of approximately 25,000 unionized jobs.

United | Related United plans supersonic passenger flights by 2029 – BBC News



SWISS Unveils Premium Economy

SWISS has revealed that its premium economy cabin, which will be installed across 12 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft by summer 2022, will consist of 24 reclining seats from ZIM Aircraft Seating in an eight abreast configuration. Each seat will feature a 15.6-inch screen, personal reading light and in-built USB-A socket. Premium economy-class passengers will be offered an elderberry welcome drink and have three hot meal choices. One dish will be from its “Taste of Switzerland” culinary program, while a vegetarian option will be supplied by Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. 

The Design Air | Related SWISS airline job cuts less severe than expected – SwissInfo



Norwegian Tests Amadeus' Traveler ID Solution

Norwegian is embedding Amadeus’ Traveler ID digital health verification solution within its self-service check-in experience. A pilot program will allow passengers to declare the required health documentation for their journey via the airline’s app or website, which is then checked against their destination’s requirements. Once the information has been verified, it can be referenced throughout the passenger’s trip. Five carriers are currently using Traveler ID, with Amadeus set to announce new customers and new functionalities for the solution in the near future. 

Norwegian | Related Norwegian Airlines Presses Eject Button On CEO And Moves CFO To The Post – Forbes



European Airline Industry Warns of DCC Issues

Industry groups A4E, ACI Europe, ERA and IATA have sent a letter to EU Heads of State warning that passengers may face unnecessary airport queues and longer processing times from July 1, which is the implementation deadline for Europe’s Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). It states that ten different approaches are currently under review across the bloc, and urges for the harmonization of verification standards and protocols. The letter also suggests that DCC verification must take place off-airport using a state portal, and that this process should integrate the verification of the passenger locator form to avoid duplicate checks. 

Airlines for Europe | Related UK and Brussels near deal on Covid passports to boost holiday hopes – The Guardian



Health Safety Innovators: Aeromexico, Fiji Airways Sanitize Checked Luggage

Although numerous scientific studies have shown that there’s a very low risk of COVID-19 being transmitted via contaminated surfaces, Aeromexico and Fiji Airways are sanitizing passengers’ checked luggage as part of their health safety programs to offer peace of mind to both travelers and employees. Fiji Airways does so with a fogging machine before the bags are loaded onto the aircraft, while Aeromexico conducts sprays luggage with virucide before it is returned to passengers.

SimpliFlying | Related Health Safety Innovators: Rwandair – SimpliFlying



Changi Airport Enhances Security with Nokia Optical LAN

Beaqon is to deploy Nokia's passive optical local area network (POL) at Singapore Changi Airport to connect its CCTV operations and enhance security. Nokia’s POL leverages fiber’s bandwidth capabilities to cover greater distances than copper LAN networks using a smaller footprint, addressing growing data demands while reducing costs. Stuart Hendry, Nokia’s head of Enterprise for Asia Pacific and Japan, said, “Changi Airport has a clear mission to become the world’s leading digital air hub … This transformation to Airport 4.0 relies on secure and powerful networks that can connect thousands of devices.”

Nokia | Related Nokia 5G private wireless networking moves from trial to permanent deployment for Lufthansa Technik – Globe Newswire



Paris Charles de Gaulle Tests UVC Tray Disinfection Solution

Smiths Detection’s ultraviolet (UVC) automatic tray disinfection solution has been tested at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport’s Terminal 2E since September 2020. The solution, which has been integrated into an existing iLane tray return system, is allegedly capable of destroying up to 99.9% of microorganisms present on baggage trays at the security checkpoint by disinfecting them as they are being transported from the reclaim areas back to the divest station. The trial sees Smiths Detection collaborating with Groupe ADP, which operates Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget airports. 

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Heathrow selects Smiths Detection for its next generation cabin baggage and security screening equipment – Smiths Detection





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Association News

Nominations are Open for the APEX/IFSA Awards

The APEX/IFSA Awards, which recognize specific achievements made in the past year, are open for nominations across eight categories: APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation, APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation, APEX Best Airport Innovation, APEX Best Marketing Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service, IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage and IFSA Best Onboard Amenity. Submit a nomination before July 16.


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